Bonfire Night Learning
Remember, remember the fifth of November,
Gunpowder treason and plot.
We see no reason
Why gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot!
For our first week of learning, we will not be having a BOOK of the week, but a POEM of the week... 'The Bonfire at Night' by Enid Blyton (below). In response to this poem we will be comparing books and poems as reading experiences, exploring rhyme and using it to inspire lots of writing and the development of our knowledge about the celebration of 'Bonfire Night.' We will be finding out about the history of Guy Fawkes and exploring the sounds, colours and patterns we see in bonfires and fireworks, as well as creating our own list of safety rules to make sure we can make sure we can enjoy the celebrations safely.
As part of our Bonfire Night learning, we will also be focusing on mark-making, number formation and early writing this week. Our activities will include:
Using our Phonics knowledge to write down the different sounds we hear on Bonfire Night - pop, fizz, crack, bang etc.
Building words using sparkling stars that we are going to dig for in a tray of dark night black rice.
Creating our own transient firework art using beads, pipe cleaners, ribbon, sequins etc (transient art means we can lay out our picture as we choose and then leave it for other children to add to, change and build on).
Plan, set up and conduct a salt crystals firework Science experiment which we will monitor throughout the week.
Build a 'safe' bonfire in the Construction Area with twigs and tissue paper, considering the things we need to make it safe e.g. a fence, an area for people to stand, buckets of water, warden, children wearing gloves, caution signs etc.
Writing letters and invitations to a Bonfire Party and posting them in our new Post Office Role Play.
Writing letters using a paintbrush in a tray of sparkling sprinkles.
Creating firework numbers by placing tiny sequins in the shapes of different numbers to test and strengthen our finger muscles.
Junk modelling our own fireworks.
Exploring neon paint using cotton buds on black paper.
Using the water sprayers that the children found really tricky to use before half term, to put out the bonfire painted on our tuff trays.
Writing our own Fireworks poems.
Now that we have learnt all individual letter sounds and can read with them, we will be repeated the whole of Phase 2 again, but this time with a focus on writing with each letter too. This week we will focus on revising, reading and writing:
We will be introducing the children to the flicks and loops at the end of each word which will support them to be able to join their letters in the future. It may seem that their writing gets messier for the next few weeks but this is all part of the process and nothing to worry about. It evens itself out soon enough and is just part of the developing as a writer. I included a formation card for the cursive letters in your Phonics Olympics champion packs you received on Friday so that you can support your child's writing at home. There are packs at school for anyone who was unable to attend on Friday. We will learn how to write each sound and practise forming them and sitting them on the line when writing. By the end of the week, they will be able to write the following words:
sat, at, a, as, pat, tap, sap, it, is, sit, sat, pit, tip, pip, sip
In Maths this week, we will be focusing on the following 3 skills:
- Counting out between 6 and 10 items from a larger group (as we focused on 0-5 before half term)
- Recognising the numerals 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10 (as we focused on 0-5 before half term)
- Estimating how many objects they can see and checking by counting.
We will be using the number formation rhymes to help us recognise and write the numerals 6-10, doing lots of counting practise, number hunts and number writing this week to help with the first two objectives. Estimating is a new skill for our children. We will be introducing estimation as:
“Making a sensible guess without counting, using what you know.”
We will be playing lots of games that encourage us to estimate including games where we have 2 seconds to look at a group of cubes and decide how many we think there might be (making a sensible guess) before checking by counting. We will also be estimating how many pieces of duplo are in a closed box that we can only pick up, hold and shake, as well as estimating how many of a certain action or challenge we can do e.g. how many star jumps do you think you can do in 10 seconds? How many bean bags do you think you can balance on your head before they fall off? etc.
Here is the sugar crystal experiment we will be doing in school. You could do this at home if you are not in school.